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June 4, 2006

Going Through TV Withdrawals, and a Bitch at the Racetrack.

By: The Dude on the Right
We had pretty much a perfect weather weekend here in the Chicago area, and I'll talk to Stu about it during our podcast tomorrow.  So because I can't give you a synopsis about what I did this weekend, I'll just give you some ramblings off of my head.

In any case, last week I was in a funk.  I think I am going through TV withdrawals since all of my standard shows are done, except "The Sopranos" which concludes its season tonight.  I almost got sucked back into "So You Think You Can Dance," but baseball was on.  I didn't accomplish much for the web site, at least on the surface (or at least that you could see).  I accidentally made some huge errors during the animation process that has delayed our latest episode of "Stu & The Dude Reviewin' the Movies for You!", our review of "Over the Hedge," about a week.  I watched too much baseball, for some bizarre reason kept getting sucked into "Batman Begins" on cable, which I think is a fabulous film, even bought the DVD, but still haven't reviewed it (that's really got to be remedied soon), but I did accomplish something and you can now find some small accomplishments on the "Movie Preview" page.  So far there are fourteen new movie previews posted, with six more to come in the next day or so, and another six to ten ready for posting by next weekend, just in time for your summer "What the hell movie should we go see this weekend" questions.

And for some reason some of my thoughts also keep coming back to my trip to Arlington Park (a horse racetrack here in Illinois), and I don't really know why.  One thought was the fact that the one jockey won every race he was in, five races in all.  As someone always looking for easy money, and even though the horses he was riding weren't long shots, it would have been easy to double most of your betting money that afternoon, if only you would know.  But isn't that the thrill, and danger, of gambling, the fact that you never know?  I did come home with more money than I figured I would lose, so I still consider myself a winner on the gambling front.  The other thing that really struck me about that day was this bitch of a woman we encountered, and how I still wish I could be creative on my feet rather than thinking of things to say later in the day.

Anyway, it was still early in the afternoon and the six of us there grabbed some eats to get us through the afternoon.  Looking for a nice spot to eat our pulled pork sandwiches and corn on the cob, I think it was Trash who spotted a dude sitting by himself at a picnic table.  She nicely asked him if he was saving the picnic table, to which he replied that he was only waiting for one person, so if we wanted a spot to eat, to go ahead.  So half of us did.  Our intention was simply to eat our food and be on our merry way, and the dude seemed to truly understand that.  About halfway through our meal, the person he was waiting for showed up, a dudette, and she proceeded to start to chew him out a little bit for giving up part of the picnic table.  It wasn't a loud berating, but we could hear it, and it seemed bizarre, on the level, that for this picnic table, you wanted it all to yourself, just the two of you, where you could really be a lot more cozy on the lawn.  Anyway, I don't know if the dudette was his wife, girlfriend, sister, mistress, but at least he had the balls to pretty much say "Just shut up and sit down," knowing we would be leaving on our merry way soon.  Therein lies the "I wish I could have been quicker on my feet" thing.  How many options would there be?  Oh, the options are so many.  The first, and easiest, would have just been to sit there the rest of the day.  Let my friends go on their merry way betting and such, but just sit there, telling them "No, I like this spot, I think I'm going to camp out here all afternoon, maybe fake phoning them my bet for the next race."  Then there would be the "Pretend we are from out of town and make her look like a dumb-ass" move by putting on a fake, southern accent, and nicely go to the dude "Thank you so much for you hospitality, sir, and giving us a nice spot to eat.  I hope we didn't cause any problem between you and your misses" as we were leaving.  And so many other thoughts kept coming to mind, bending on the obnoxious to the making her look like a complete horse's ass (get it, we were at the horse races, horse's ass - oh man, I kill myself sometimes).

In any case, maybe getting that off my chest here in this blog will help me to move on, realize that "Big Brother" will be starting back up in a few weeks, and maybe I should use this time of lack of TV shows productively.

On tap this week for Entertainment Ave! hopefully will be our podcast of "Stu & The Dude's Weekend Wrap-Up," more movie preview postings, movie reviews of "Cars," "The Omen," and "A Prairie Home Companion," and I really want to do some CD reviews of the new Dixie Chick's album, an album from Blue October, and I'll try like hell to get a DVD review of "Batman Begins" done.  I'd like to say I promise to get all of that done, but there is the season finale of "Deal or No Deal" that might eat into some of my reviewing time.  God I sometimes hate TV.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

Posted by Rightdude at June 4, 2006 7:32 PM


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